recently became a godmother. Not having any children myself, this is a big
deal. I wanted to do something extra special for my cherub of a goddaughter;
something she’ll always treasure. This book couldn’t have landed in my lap at a
better time, as it’s exactly what I
needed – inspiration for an in-depth keepsake of little Rachael’s formative
the title suggests, Baby & Toddler
Scrapbooking is all about capturing special baby and childhood moments in
dedicated scrapbooks. It’s hands-on, and chock-a-block with ideas for
representing those little moments in the most striking ways.
the example of the baby boy sleeping on his dad’s chest. His dad, spread out on
the couch, has fallen asleep too, cradling his young son. “Some things are more
precious…” says the caption. “… than a TV and a remote control,” says the
follow-up text. And underneath the photo, the quote: “Enjoy the little things
in life, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.”
poignant as the photos, the text examples, and the captions are, the
instructions and tips are really the most remarkable. They explain how to arrange the content in
the best way, and why. With
dad-and-son-snoozing-together, for instance, we learn that subduing photo
backgrounds to black and white will help the subject (dad and son) to become
the focal point on the page.
of course, you’ll learn all about techniques. You’ll be guided through
embellishing, lettering, stamping, creating patterned layers, stitching,
journaling, matting, and more.
authors, Deborah Morbin and Tracy Boomer, already have a host of best-selling
craft books behind them. They also both have decoupage backgrounds. This is
evident in Baby & Toddler
Scrapbooking, where the pages
themselves are beautifully crafted and themed. Morbin and Boomer have also
developed a really sensible technique called ‘scrapoupage’, adapting decoupage
In short, each double-page feature inspires. And it’s all straightforward, simple stuff –
enough to make me print out all those digital photos, and get cracking on my
own scrapoupage book for my precious goddaughter.
by Irene Walker.
Published by Metz Press.